[Samba] Active Directory Administrative Center cannot connect to an domain despite Workstation successfully joined the domain

Jonathon Reinhart jonathon.reinhart at gmail.com
Fri Jan 24 21:38:15 UTC 2020

As you've observed, both "Active Directory Administrative Center" and the
AD module for Windows Powershell rely on Active Directory Web Services,
which Samba 4 does not yet support.

See https://www.spinics.net/lists/samba/msg126819.html

On Fri, Jan 24, 2020 at 4:18 PM Thomas via samba <samba at lists.samba.org>

> Hello,
> I am trying to set up a new domain using Samba for the DC.
> I followed two concepts, one was to use an existing docker container for
> that purpose (samba 4.3 on ubuntu 18.3), the other was to set it up
> myself on a plain ubuntu image (Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS, samba 4.7.6).
> Thanks to the pretty good samba wiki I got the a promising point with
> these things working well:
>  * DC up and running
>  * all checks found in the wiki and elsewhere passed, especially about dns
>  * newly installed PC joined the domain (latest Windows 10, 19.10)
>  * login on the PC as domain administrator or any other domain user
>  * RSAT tools activated via optional features
>  * setting up new groups and users using "Active Directory Users and
> Computers" from the windows PC
>  * "Group Policy Management" seems to work, but I did not really do
> something here yet.
>  * same for "Active Directory Sites and Services"
>  * "DNS Manager" seems to work, however the forwarder that has been set
> up and is definitely working, is not listed
> so far so good. Now I wanted to add a share to the server (target is to
> enable roaming profiles but this is not relevant yet). Preparations on
> the server editing smb.conf are done and the rest should be done from
> windows according to the wiki. And here start the problems:
>  * starting "Active Directory Administrative Center" gave a warning that
> it "Cannot connect to any domain" despite the machine is in the domain
> and I have logged in as the domain administrator
> What also puzzles me is that AD Module for Windows Power Shell starts
> with a warning 'Unable to find a default server with Active Directory
> Web Services running'. Some newer RSAT tools, like the "Administrative
> Center" seem to be browser based. All others work find. But I did not
> find AD Web Services mentioned anywhere in relation to samba.
> Where is the problem or missing link? What can I do find out more or get
> closer to a solution?
> regards
> Thomas
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